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Is this a good philosophy?

I'm doing a sermon at church and I want to know how this sounds:
We all have a sword. We can choose to swing it and break someone down or we can leave the sword because maybe it was never ours to swing in the first place.
PS. I am a Methodist. For future reference

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When I read your question, at some point, I thought of how we are commanded by God to love others. In Ephesians 6;7, it mentions the sword of the Spirit being the Word of God. When we love and speak to others, based on the Word of God as His Holy Spirit directs, I believe that the very Same Holy Spirit speaks to the other person according to God's Will in that individual's life. That is my belief, but I do believe also, that it is a bibically backed belief. It's not by might nor by power, but by His Spirit. His Word cuts asunder between the bone and the marrow, the soul and the spirit. And only He can teach, direct, save us as you know, so I say, if the tongue would be the sword used, in way of judging etc., it should be laid down and the Truth, which is God's Word, spoken and love the audience who hears and pray for them and the Holy Spirit, by God's direction would do the rest. And, I agree, the sword of judgement isn't ours. The Word of God is, but not to be used wrongly against another, but only to bring Truth in Love, as the Lord directs. Sorry, this is so long...maybe that is why I am not a preacher (kidding), cause no one would ever get to eat lunch. LOL

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Very nicely put Magdelene .
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Thank you, Sincerity.
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Mmm maybe avoid a reference to killing someone.

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Yea..XD
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I mean I'm sure your train of thought was good but maybe just play with the wording a little bit
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Not a good metaphor. It would be better to say directly what you mean.

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Yes!..it is. Or, you might say that even a sword can be melted down, and made into plow shares! The implication is obvious, even to fools as I...:-)

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It's okay, I get the message you want to convey to the listeners. You might want to polish it up a bit for a better flow of words.

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I don't get it. You mean it may be someone else's job to kill this person? Why?

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because its gods choice who dies not yours
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It is controling our tongue by not saying bad things(swinging a sword)
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I like your angle.

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I agree with Obvious. I like your angle. Well put Obvious .
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haha :j
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I like it. We do all have this sword but we do not have the right to break anyone down with it. That is not OUR place . The sword is for protecting ourselves. If we realize that this must come first, protecting ourselves first, the rest will fall into place. Therefore, that is why you would then lay the sword down...to let it do it's job through other means. I can't go on from here because the rest has to be from you and the beliefs you will apply to this-but I really do like it. It is thought provoking and that is what you want to do-make people think.

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@Suzie. I certainly hope you don't think the sword is yours to swing but it's still your choice.
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Sincerity, I understand your answer and I think maybe we are saying the same thing.
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@Magdelene-I agree. After reading yours, I was sure we were saying the same thing...I'm just not as good at the wording as you are, but the tone felt synchronized to me also.
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I think its the words we use. We can say cruel things to cut people down or choose to control our tongue.
I think it would be a great sermon.
Any religion could stand to hear this sermon.
O bet you do great.
People learn better by using a visual to go by

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Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. Jesus commanded Peter, "Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?" John 18:10-11. That is what I thought of.

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A lot of good swords
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